Who's ready for some spring inspiration?! I'm really excited to be part of the Spring Festival Blog Hop! All week long this group of bloggers has been bringing so many great ideas, and if you missed the first 4 days, you can find all the links at the bottom of this post. If you're here after visiting Lindsey of Repurpose and Upcycle, welcome and thanks for stopping by! Her mantel is always inspiring.
Maybe it's because it's still so brown outside, but I want to make everything on the inside colorful and happy! For this year's spring mantel, I decided to go with a flower market theme. I have completely fallen in love with faux florals and greens, and I've been building my collection for quite a few years now. These are not your mom's faux florals from the 80's! Over the past decade, the quality and variety of fakers have really gone up, and the big craft stores stock a fantastic variety.
For greens and flowers, my personal favorite is Michael's. But there are certain stems from Hobby Lobby that I like much better. Lavender is one of them, and also the faux cedar stems that I use all winter.
I'm happy to report that I didn't buy one thing for this display! I went shopping in my storage room, so let's start at the top and work our way down. The wreath is from Joann's so I checked online and realized they still sell this one! The galvanized watering can was passed on to me from my mom's basement of treasures (which doesn't exist anymore since she just moved out of her 95 year old house). I attached both of these to the window frame with floral wire.
One thing I love to do is group a lot of similar items together to make a visual statement, like here with the white pots. These are just basic terra cotta pots from Walmart that I painted and stamped last year. I'll probably do a tutorial on that at some point because it's such a cheap and easy project! The black containers are from Michael's and they are available again this season. Oops, I just realized I lied! I did just buy the plants in the 3 bigger pots this past February. Those are from Ikea.
Moving down to the hearth, I gathered as many containers as I could find that would be workable sizes, including another watering can that made it's way from my mom's stash to mine. Then I pulled out all of my springy stems, and started filling up containers until it looked right. I added in the vintage green stool for some height. It's one of my favorite finds from the Springfield Antique Extravaganza! That thing was a beast to carry around because it's surprisingly heavy, but so worth it once I got home. Anyway, things like this are definitely trial and error for me. I just keep rearranging until it feels comfortable to my eye, if that makes sense.
I love lavender so much and it stays out in one way or another all through the summer too, not just spring.
So here we also have pussy willows, queen anne's lace, lamb's ear, dusty miller, and hydrangea...
But my favorite are the tulips! I think it's hard to find really great faux tulips. These ones are silky to the touch and feel so real, and I wish I had more of them. I got the last 3 little bunches at Michael's last year, so even though tulips are my favorite flower, I only have this small amount in my collection. I'm always on the hunt for more, but if they feel papery or in any way not tulip-like, they stay put and I continue the search!
Thanks so much for visiting my flower market mantel today! I have fun rearranging this mantel every month or so. The white backdrop makes it so easy to decorate!
Next up on our tour is Bree from The Homemaking Momma...I'm excited to see her spring mantel because she's been experimenting with paint colors for the past month, looking for just the right neutrals. Her mantel has changed a lot since they moved into their adorable stone house, and it's been fun following along!
And here's an easy way to see the rest of the inspiration on our Spring Festival Blog Hop. So many themes, so many great ideas!
Tablescapes on Monday
Recipes on Wednesday
Front Porches on Thursday
Mantles on Friday
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